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NetApp® Storevault™ and Lan 1 to Distribute First All-In-One Network Storage Solution to Growing SMB Market in Australia

  • 20 November, 2006 09:58

<p>StoreVault Embarks on Expansion in Growing SMB Markets Worldwide with New StoreVault S500 Features for Greater Simplicity, Scalability, and Data Management</p>
<p>Australia, Sydney — November 20, 2006 — StoreVault, a NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) division, today announced a distributor relationship with Lan 1 to deliver StoreVault storage solutions to the fast-growing small and medium business (SMB) market in Australia. First introduced in the United States in June 2006, StoreVault created a scalable global business system to address SMB customers’ needs around the world. The StoreVault S500 is expected to be available in Australia in January 2007, marking the first expansion of StoreVault to international SMB markets.</p>
<p>Lan 1 has been at the forefront of the distribution of entry-level NAS and SAN solutions for the past eight years in Australia with a successful track record in launching new products and a core competency in providing pre- and post-sale support across the data storage, networking, and security fields. The addition of Lan 1 as a StoreVault distributor is a significant milestone for the StoreVault global growth strategy and fulfilling market anticipation in Australia. Partnering with Lan 1, StoreVault will offer the StoreVault S500 through qualified SMB resellers and system integrators to meet the unique needs of SMB customers and the channel partners who serve them in Australia.</p>
<p>“SMBs rely on resellers to create purpose-built storage solutions to meet their storage and data management challenges,” said Daniel Lee, managing director, Lan 1. “Resellers are the trusted advisors and IT solution architects of SMBs to develop innovative, cost-effective storage solutions. StoreVault makes it easy for the channel to do business and presents new revenue opportunities for the channel to help support Australian SMB customers and capitalize on the growing storage demand with StoreVault network storage solutions.”</p>
<p>Similar to its U.S. SMB channel strategy, NetApp has created a separate and unique SMB channel program, the StoreVault Partner Program, tailored to meet the needs of qualified SMB value-added resellers (VARs) in Australia. In addition, unlike current SMB vendors, StoreVault will sell the StoreVault S500 only through the channel, providing a set of focused program benefits and tools specifically designed to help support SMB customers.</p>
<p>“We have learned that international SMBs are dealing with the same data growth and storage management issues as they are in the U.S.,” said Sajai Krishnan, general manager, StoreVault. “As StoreVault embarks on its focused expansion around the world, finding the right partners and putting the right channel infrastructure in place will enable our StoreVault distributors and VARs to efficiently address customers’ needs. We have taken a methodical and deliberate approach to ensure that we understand local market and channel needs in Australia. With its storage expertise and solutions focus, Lan 1 will play an essential role in our mutual success in Australia.”</p>
<p>Tailored Solution to Meet the Unique SMB Needs in Australia</p>
<p>The StoreVault S500 is the industry’s first scalable all-in-one network storage appliance for the SMB market that supports NAS, iSCSI SAN, and Fibre Channel (FC) SAN, providing SMB customers unparalleled flexibility compared to direct-attached storage. Aimed at the IT generalist within SMBs, which typically need a half terabyte to three terabytes of data storage, the StoreVault S500 delivers SMBs the scalability needed as their business grows, simplicity of storage management and backup processes, and security for reliable data protection, all at a price point that fits SMB budgets.</p>
<p>The StoreVault S500 is distinguished from competitive offerings by its simplified management, scalability, and security for all of the business information of an SMB. StoreVault delivers the best of enterprise-proven storage technology from NetApp to the SMB market through an easy-to-use and flexible network storage solution for SMBs. Global SMB customers will have access to the following best-in-class storage technologies from StoreVault:</p>
<p>Simplified Management</p>
<p>o 14-year data-center-proven operating system Data ONTAP® o StoreVault Manager, a simple, intuitive Windows®-based application for easy storage management o NAS, iSCSI SAN, and FC SAN capabilities available in one StoreVault system</p>
<p>Scalability</p>
<p>o Easy-to-grow system is scalable to 6TB without disruption to operations o Compatible with either 250GB or 500GB SATA drives o Drives can be added or removed nondisruptively, to allocate and reallocate storage on the fly</p>
<p>Security with StoreVault Advanced Protection Architecture</p>
<p>o Advanced system protection technologies deliver a highly reliable storage platform, including RAID-DP™, to guard against dual drive failure, predictive failure analysis enabling preemptive rebuild of failed drives using global hot spares, nondisruptive firmware updates, and single-drive power cycling for easy drive management</p>
<p>o Advanced data protection technologies enable rapid data recovery with patented NetApp Snapshot™ technology for efficient, frequent backup, enabling 255 Snapshot images compared to only 8 to 64 snapshots from competitive solutions, as well as SnapRestore® for near-instantaneous restore</p>
<p>Coinciding with today’s announcement, StoreVault also announced the following new features to its award-winning StoreVault S500 <http:> for improved simplicity, scalability, and data management and to further extend enterprise-class functionality to the SMB masses:</http:></p>
<p>o StoreVault Replication. Based on NetApp enterprise technology, StoreVault Replication is the first SMB storage software that can copy both file and block data between locations. StoreVault Replication is easily enabled with a software license key and designed to simply manage replication between multiple StoreVault S500s using the new StoreVault Manager 2.0 interface. Instead of third-party software loaded on various servers, StoreVault Replication provides comprehensive replication at an affordable price that is integrated in the StoreVault S500 to address all types of data on the system.</p>
<p>o Fibre Channel (FC) Support. StoreVault is teaming with QLogic Corporation (NASDAQ: QLGC) to provide the StoreVault FC Starter Kit, which includes a factory-installed host bus adapter (HBA), a 10-port 4Gbit Fibre Channel switch, and QLogic SANsurfer Express software. Additional FC HBAs are available for a simple, customized solution. The FC Starter Kit is ideal for first-time FC installations.</p>
<p>For more information on the new product features of the StoreVault S500, please see the separate press release from StoreVault at www.storevault.com/news/press_releases.html <http:> .</http:></p>
<p>Price and Availability</p>
<p>Expected to be available in January 2007 from qualified StoreVault VARs, the StoreVault S500 is priced starting at approximately AU$8,900 for 1TB raw storage capacity in Australia. Specific pricing is available directly from StoreVault VARs. StoreVault Replication and the FC Starter Kit from QLogic are also expected to be available in January 2007.</p>
<p>About StoreVault</p>
<p>StoreVault, a NetApp division, is focused on delivering data storage solutions tailored to the needs of small and medium-sized businesses. StoreVault combines enterprise-proven technology from Network Appliance, a world leader in unified storage solutions for today’s data-intensive enterprise, with the scalability, simplicity, security, and affordability required by SMBs. Information about StoreVault solutions and resellers is available at www.storevault.com <http:></http:> .</p>
<p>About Network Appliance</p>
<p>Network Appliance is a world leader in unified storage solutions for today’s data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992, Network Appliance has delivered technology, product, and partner firsts. Information about Network Appliance™ solutions and services is available at www.netapp.com <http:></http:> .</p>
<p>“Safe Harbor” Statement under U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995” The statement regarding availability of the StoreVault S500, StoreVault Replication, and the StoreVault FC Starter Kit in Australia in January 2007 is a forward-looking statement within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include any statements regarding future events or the future financial performance of Network Appliance Inc. that involves risks or uncertainties. In evaluating these statements readers should specifically consider various factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those indicated, including, without limitation, ability of QLogic and third parties to deliver products and components on a timely basis, customer demand for products and services, customer acceptance of product architectures, increased competition, and other important factors as described in Network Appliance Inc. reports and documents filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recently submitted 10-K and 10-Q.</p>
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<p>NetApp, the Network Appliance logo, Data ONTAP, and SnapRestore are registered trademarks and Network Appliance, RAID-DP, Snapshot, and StoreVault are trademarks of Network Appliance, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All other brands or products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as such.</p>
<p>Press Contact:</p>
<p>Mark Heers
Network Appliance, Inc.
02 9779 5623
Mark.heers@netapp.com <mailto:mark.heers></mailto:mark.heers></p>
<p>Rachel York
Max Australia
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